Manchester United signing Ronaldo from Real Madrid 'possible' but 'unlikely' – Van Gaal

The Dutchman admits he would welcome the arrival of the Portugal international but thinks the European champions would probably not be prepared to part with the player


Louis van Gaal says Manchester United signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid next summer is ‘possible’ but ‘unlikely’.

Reports have suggested that the Portugal international will push for a move back to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

But while the United boss concedes the club would always explore the possibility of a deal, he believes the European champions are unlikely to allow the forward to leave.

“It’s always a discussion in the papers. I don’t think the media will buy Ronaldo,” said Van Gaal.

“When it is possible, it is what I have always said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection, to the team, but I don’t think Real Madrid will sell him.”

Earlier this month, Ronaldo admitted that he would be keen to return to Old Trafford, but insisted he was happy at Madrid.

“I love Manchester. Everyone knows that – I have said it many times. Manchester is in my heart,” said the Portugal international.

“I left many good friends there, the supporters are amazing and I hope I can come back one day.”

Real Madrid won't sell Ronaldo to Manchester United, admits Van Gaal

The Dutchman admits he would welcome the arrival of the Portugal international but believes the European champions would not be prepared to part with the player


Louis van Gaal admits it is unlikely Real Madrid will sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United next summer.

Reports have suggested that the Portugal international will push for a move back to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

But while the United boss concedes the club would always explore the possibility of a deal, he believes the European champions would not be prepared to allow the forward to leave.

“It’s always a discussion in the papers. I don’t think the media will buy Ronaldo,” said Van Gaal.

“When it is possible, it is what I have always said with Falcao, players like Ronaldo give a lot extra to selection, to the team, but I don’t think Real Madrid will sell him.”

Robben: Van Gaal will guide Manchester United back into Champions League

The winger, who played under the Dutchman for Netherlands and at Bayern Munich, has no doubt that the Red Devils will soon be “back where they belong” thanks to the 63-year-old


Arjen Robben is “very confident” that Louis van Gaal will guide Manchester United back into the Champions League.

The former Netherlands boss has just one competitive win to his name since taking charge at Old Trafford but heavy investment late in the transfer window has seen the likes of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao arrive.

And Robben, who played under Van Gaal at Bayern Munich and for Oranje, has no doubts that the 63-year-old will bring the best out of his squad, especially the young talent at his disposal.

“I haven’t spoken to him recently but I was very happy for him that he won the game against QPR,” Robben told reporters. “Hopefully now he can show that he will do very well but he needs time.

“I know how it works – if you are not winning, you get the pressure but the management at United know what sort of coach they have got and I am very confident he will be successful there.

“I have worked with Van Gaal at Bayern as well as with Holland so I have known him for a very long time. He is one of the few coaches, I think, who can make teams play better. He makes players better.

“United have some young, talented players and I have no doubts that he will do well at Old Trafford. He will get United back into the Champions League next season, where they belong. They are such a big club and that is where they belong.”

Robben was a late substitute as Bayern beat Manchester City on Tuesday night but is cautious of predicting how well the German giants will fair in the Champions League.

“It’s hard to say. We are only thinking about ourselves and we want to go through, we want to win our games and be top of the group,” he remarked. “That is our target and we will give everything to do that.

“Roma had a big win and it was a surprise. I looked up at the scoreboard after 20 minutes and saw it was already 3-0, so they are flying.

“It will be disappointing and frustrating for City, to lose 1-0 just a minute before the end, but they have a very good team.

“We have done well to get the victory. We could have scored earlier because we had the better opportunities but, overall, it was a good game between two very good teams.”

Rooney: Ferguson is the best manager there has ever been

The striker was brought to Old Trafford by the Scot in 2004 and ten years on believes the former coach’s achievements cannot be bettered


Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney extended the olive branch to former boss Sir Alex Ferguson, calling him “the best manager there’s been”.

Rooney, 28, came to Old Trafford in 2004 on Ferguson’s insistence, the Scot signing the then-teenager for £25.6 million (€32m) from Everton.

And despite falling out with the legendary manager on multiple occasions, Rooney admitted Ferguson – who took United to 13 Premier League, five FA Cup and two Champions League titles – was an inspiration to a generation at the club.

“At the time, I came into the squad as a young lad and there were a few other young lads. He brought all that together and made us world club champions,” Rooney told MUTV for an interview to mark a decade at the club.

“I’m very grateful for everything he’s done. It was a great feeling. 

“Sir Alex is the best manager there’s been and for him to recognise my talent and want me to join this club was a great honour for me. 

“He drove me over [to Old Trafford], just the two of us in his car. I remember being nervous but he was great and made me feel comfortable.”

Rooney, now club captain under Dutch tactician Louis van Gaal, said he was grateful for Ferguson’s decision to bring him to the club.

“He was vitally important,” the England striker said.

“I’m grateful to him for having the faith to bring me in from Everton. I think he’s an incredible person and manager, the way you see his desire for the game. 

“He certainly helped me a lot and helped us all.”

And having wanted out on multiple occasions under the Scot, Rooney does not foresee any similar tantrums arising in the future.

“I think the plan is, I’ve just signed a new long-term deal at the club and hopefully in five years’ time we’ll be sat down for a 15-year one [interview].

“I don’t see any reason why not.”

Ronaldo return 'more possible' after Manchester United transfer splurge – Neville

The former Red Devils defender believes the work his club have done in the market this summer could help attract the Real Madrid superstar back to Old Trafford


Gary Neville believes Manchester United’s summer transfer splurge means the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo making a return to Old Trafford is “more possible”.

Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy at Real Madrid, with the club’s decision to sell both Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso believed to be among the biggest causes of his frustration. 

Rumours have subsequently resurfaced of a possible return to United, who spent over €180 million to recruit Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao in a bid to make an instant return to the Premier League’s top four.

And former United defender Neville admits the Red Devils are now close to being in a position to attract Ronaldo back to Old Trafford.

“You’d have to say that with what they’ve done with Di Maria and Falcao it’s more possible, it has to be, because they’ve shown the real intent to go and sign world-class players,” Neville said on Sky Sports‘ ’Monday Night Football’.

“We sat here three or four months ago deliberating over whether Manchester United could attract world-class talent. They’ve absolutely smashed that question out of the water and if they get him…

“There was talk last summer that it was either going to be Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale and there are rumours of Cristiano not being happy in Madrid.

“Obviously last year they won the Champions League, so has he achieved what he wanted to achieve in Madrid? Has he done what he set out to do? That’s question one.

“Does he love Manchester? Does he love United? Yes, absolutely. He has talked more and more in the last 12 to 18 months about how he misses Old Trafford.

“The reception he got there and the way the fans reacted towards him, I’ve not seen that for many players. Eric Cantona and him were incredible reactions from the fans every single week.

“It was almost like an incredible belief in the stadium every time he played.”